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Woman posing as 14-year-old girl tried to blackmail man by threatening to falsely expose him as paedo

A WOMAN posing as a 14-year-old girl threatened to falsely expose a man as a paedophile.

Rebecca Bathe, 29, tried to blackmail her victim following chats on the dating site Badoo.

Rebecca Bathe, 29, tried to blackmail her victim following chats on the dating site Badoo

She shared screenshots of their conversations on Facebook, before sending the man a link to her PayPal account.

Bathe was arrested after she emailed the man’s employers, alleging he was speaking to children online.

She admitted trying to extort the man, from Dundee, on April 19 last year at an address in the city.


In a letter to Dundee Sheriff Court, Bathe said she had “good intentions” and was not interested in money.

Emma Farmer, prosecuting, said Bathe listed her age on the profile as 26 or 27 but told the man she was 14.

The court heard how the man was suspicious of this but continued conversing with her.

Things took a sinister turn after Bathe posted screenshots of the conversations on Facebook and appealed for him to get in touch.

Miss Farmer said: “Contact stopped and two to three weeks later, he was advised by a friend that the accused had made a public post requesting that he contact her.

“He thought she might be asking for help or be in distress and contacted her on her mobile number. She asked if he thought it was acceptable to message underage females.

“She threatened to expose this to his friends and family.”

Bathe said: “You went to meet a minor. Are you a paedo creep?”

The man told Bathe to stop contacting him but she sent him a link to her PayPal account.

She said: “You know what to do then if you want me to go so bad,” before repeatedly messaging him while counting down from 30.

The messages were sent over a six-hour period from 12.30am.

The man’s employers received an email from Bathe about their conversation.

His employer quickly contacted the police and Bathe was arrested.

During her interview, she admitted responsibility but said she had no intention of extorting him.

Sheriff James MacDonald slammed Bathe’s conduct as “mean” and “cowardly” but stepped back from imposing a prison sentence.

She was ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work and placed on supervision for 12 months.

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